Sponsorship - Cash and In-Kind

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The Great Lakes Folk Festival is a non-profit venture that relies on public and private support. Major cash and in-kind support from Michigan State University, the City of East Lansing, and the State of Michigan (through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs) provides the financial foundation for the festival, but over $200,000 in additional funds must be raised annually in order to continue making the festival a family-friendly, free event.

Contributions made to the festival are also considered gifts to Michigan State University and as such, are tax-deductible as provided by law and count towards membership in MSU's donor societies. Contributions may also be eligible for some employee matching gift programs.

Download a Sponsor Commitment Form

Download a Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits Form

For more information about corporate sponsorship, contact:

Mike Secord, Festival Director

MSU Museum

409 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1045




City of East Lansing



$10,000 and above

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs: Traditional Arts Program

MSU University Outreach & Engagement - Campus & Community Programming

$5,000 - $9,999

Dart Foundation

Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau - Team Lansing Foundation

Jackson National Life Insurance Co.

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

Michigan’s Credit Union League

MSU Museum Great Lakes Traditions Endowment

MSU University Outreach & Engagement: Arts & Cultural Initiatives

Student Book Store

$1,501 - $4,999

MSU Museum Barbara Van Baalen Endowment for American Indians in Museum Internships

MSU Museum Andrew and Jane McClary Endowment (for Kidlore area)

$1,000 - $1,500

MSU American Indian Studies

MSU College of Arts & Letters

MSU College of Engineering

MSU College of Music

MSU College of Social Science

MSU Native American Institute

MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences

MSU Department of History

$501 - $999

Underground Printing

Up to $500

East Lansing Food Co-Op

Dean Trailways of Michigan

James Madison College, MSU

Jazz Alliance of Mod-Michigan


MSU Art, Art History & Design

MSU Canadian Studies

MSU English Language Center

MSU Honors College

MSU Museum MacDowell and Dewhurst Endowment for Traditional Artists

MSU Museum Mexican American Culture Endowment in Memory of Pedro Rivera, D.O. (for Mexican American artist presentations)

MSU Residential College of Arts & Humanities

Ten Pound Fiddle




East Lansing Marriott at University Place


The City of East Lansing


Lansing State Journal


MSU University Outreach & Engagement

WKAR Public Media


Adams Outdoor Advertising

Ciesa Design

Additional in-kind Sponsors

Beggars Banquet

Engineering Graphics, Inc


Harper's Brew Pub

Lansing Community College, Interpreter Program


MSU College of Music

MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

MSU Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

MSU International Studies and Programs

Sharp Designs

Verizon Cellular and More

List updated: 7/28/2015


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